China’s patent-intensive industry accounts for 12.4 per cent of China’s gross domestic product (GDP) and employs 6.5 per cent of the workforce. Photo: Shutterstock
China’s patent-intensive industry accounts for 12.4 per cent of China’s gross domestic product (GDP) and employs 6.5 per cent of the workforce. Photo: Shutterstock

China leads global patent race but needs ‘breakthrough’ to close gap with West in AI, chips

  • In 2021, China filed 1.59 million patent applications, more than double the number of the United States, the World Intellectual Property Organization says
  • But according to experts the country has produced ‘few original innovations’ in areas like artificial intelligence and semiconductors compared to the US and Europe

China’s patent-intensive industry accounts for 12.4 per cent of China’s gross domestic product (GDP) and employs 6.5 per cent of the workforce. Photo: Shutterstock
China’s patent-intensive industry accounts for 12.4 per cent of China’s gross domestic product (GDP) and employs 6.5 per cent of the workforce. Photo: Shutterstock
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